IT has been announced that the Evans Cycles store in Kendal will close its doors on Friday January 18

The new owners of the chain, Sports Direct, included the town’s store on Stricklandgate in the first wave of store closures since taking over the troubled retail chain in October last year.

Rory Black, communications secretary at Kendal Cycling Club,described the closure as a blow but said it would not damage Cumbria's reputation as a cycling mecca.